Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Part of a network with high graduation rates

The Downside

Campus is far from the subway

Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School, which opened in Canarsie in fall 2014, is part of the Uncommon Schools network, one of the city’s largest operators of charter schools. According to the organization’s website, the schools in the network focus on maintaining high standards and on getting students, many of them low-income, into and through four-year colleges. Uncommon schools employ what has come to be called the “no excuses” approach, where learning is highly structured, children wear uniforms and students are expected to be orderly even during lunch, which is centered on “fueling up for the afternoon's lessons.”

On most statistical measures, the schools in the network perform as well as and often better than district schools in similar neighborhoods.

Uncommon Preparatory uses a curriculum developed by Uncommon. It features 100 minutes of in-class literacy instruction for 9th- and 10th-graders. Students receive homework help and after-school tutoring, with struggling students required to attend classes on Saturday.

Most students in the school come from three Uncommon middle schools: Ocean Hill Collegiate, Leadership Prep Canarsie and Leadership Prep Bedford Stuyvesant.

Uncommon Prep is on the large South Shore campus, which it shares with five other small high schools, Brooklyn Generation, Brooklyn Theatre Arts, Victory Collegiate, Academy for Conservation and the Environment and Brooklyn Bridge Academy. The campus is far from any subway line, and students must pass through metal detectors to enter the building.

[photo by Uncommon Preparatory]

ADMISSIONS: The school has a very limited number of spaces available for 9th-graders who did not attend an Uncommon middle school. Those students are selected from a waiting list created when children applied to 5th grade. No new students are admitted after 9th grade. (Gail Robinson, school website and web reports, February 2018)

 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school offers enough activities and services for their children's needs?
 
43%
How many parents of students with disabilities say this school works to achive the goals of their students' IEPs?
 
83%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2019-20 NYC School Survey

Students

1353
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
81%
Students with disabilities
 
11%
Multilingual learners
 
2%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
22%
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
From the 2019-20 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 Report on School-Based Staff Demographics, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

Not offered in 2019-20

AP/IB Math or Science

Not offered in 2019-20

Music

Not offered in 2019-20
From unpublished, anonymized data from the class of 2019-20 provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Contact & Location

Location

6565 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11236

Buses: B103, B47, B6, B82


Contact

Principal: Christine Algozo

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? Yes

This school shares the South Shore Educational Campus with five other schools

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? Yes

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